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Old 06-03-2009, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Default I-10 Commute, Energy Corridor/Westchase Places to live

Moving to Houston in November, will be working at the Allen Center downtown. Looking for a place to rent while we figure out Houston and save for a house.

Trying to keep the commute time down, I'm thinking of living in the Energy Corridor area and taking the Metro via the Addicks Park & Ride on I-10 or driving. What do you think?

Also, I've only visited the Westchase/EC area one time and wasn't too impressed, but perhaps I missed the nice parts that people have discussed previously? I was looking mostly between HWY 6 and HWY 8 between Memorial and Westheimer.

Any help will be much appreciated! Will also consider other neighborhoods, just trying to keep the commute and the cost down. Thank you!
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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How many kids? If none why not look in Rice Military or Montrose?
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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Yeah, if you're working downtown, I'd try to rent as close to downtown as possible. Unless you enjoy sitting in a car/bus for long periods of time.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Ok, strangely my commute times to Downtown areas has been incredible since the new freeway.

From Kirkwood and I-10 to Shepard and W. Grey or Bagby...15 minutes at 8am!!!! I get off at Silber and cut through the park. I see the back up at 610 and get off at Silber. I'm stunned. I've made this drive 3 times the past two weeks and am about 30 minutes early each time, just because I can't believe that the drive time is real now.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Also, I've only visited the Westchase/EC area one time and wasn't too impressed, but perhaps I missed the nice parts that people have discussed previously? I was looking mostly between HWY 6 and HWY 8 between Memorial and Westheimer.
hmm, well maybe nice is different for you. Between I-10 and the Bayou, from Beltway 8 to Kirkwood, the homes start around 400k and go to about 1.4 million. Most are built in the 60's but look like new construction inside.New construction is steep in the area. West of Kirkwood the homes are less expensive(starting at 300k) and Memorial is downright ugly, until you get past Dairy Ashford.The mature trees and the school district is the draw. South of the bayou things get a little patchie. Highway 6 is awful blight. If you want new in the area and can't afford new in 77079, there is Lakes of Parkway.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:57 AM
 
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Ok, strangely my commute times to Downtown areas has been incredible since the new freeway.

From Kirkwood and I-10 to Shepard and W. Grey or Bagby...15 minutes at 8am!!!! I get off at Silber and cut through the park. I see the back up at 610 and get off at Silber. I'm stunned. I've made this drive 3 times the past two weeks and am about 30 minutes early each time, just because I can't believe that the drive time is real now.
Wow, that is pretty fast. Kirkwood is pretty far out there (past the belt, at least). That's about how long it takes me to nudge through my three mile drive through the medical center
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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hmm, well maybe nice is different for you. Between I-10 and the Bayou, from Beltway 8 to Kirkwood, the homes start around 400k and go to about 1.4 million. Most are built in the 60's but look like new construction inside.New construction is steep in the area. West of Kirkwood the homes are less expensive(starting at 300k) and Memorial is downright ugly, until you get past Dairy Ashford.The mature trees and the school district is the draw. South of the bayou things get a little patchie. Highway 6 is awful blight. If you want new in the area and can't afford new in 77079, there is Lakes of Parkway.
South of the bayou is rough. Two different friends have had their houses broken into in the past two years, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. One moved out, one got burglar bars.

To put that in perspective, I lived in Sharpstown for 3+ years and my aunt lived there for 15+ years and neither of us had so much as a car break in. So yes, stay north of the bayou (basically between the bayou and I-10).
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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South of the bayou is rough. Two different friends have had their houses broken into in the past two years, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. One moved out, one got burglar bars.

To put that in perspective, I lived in Sharpstown for 3+ years and my aunt lived there for 15+ years and neither of us had so much as a car break in. So yes, stay north of the bayou (basically between the bayou and I-10).
Good advice.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Sorry, I haven't been to Houston enough to know where the bayou is . . . . ????
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Sorry, I haven't been to Houston enough to know where the bayou is . . . . ????
It runs parallel to Memorial Drive, just south of Memorial. It's the cut off line for SBISD VS HISD for the most part. The closer to the Sam Houston Tollway and North of the Bayou, the better....but costlier.
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